WALB News 10 has confirmed Interim Albany City Manager James Taylor authorized a $20,000 bonus for a worker without consulting the mayor or city commissioners, and that Taylor is considering resigning.
Tuesday night, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard told us the commission will look into the bonus given to Risk Manager Veronica Wright.
Taylor has the power to spend up to $40,000 without commission approval, but Hubbard said he normally keeps her in the loop on issues that may be controversial.
When she asked Taylor about the bonus, the mayor says Taylor told her Wright deserved it because she saved the city $300,000. The decision, however, caught city leaders off guard and angered some other city workers.
Mayor Hubbard also said she heard Taylor might resign Tuesday, but he did not give her a letter of resignation. When asked if the bonus issue could be related to Taylor's potential decision to leave the city soon, she said "it could be."
Taylor has made no secret of his plans to retire at some point in the near future, but it wasn't expected immediately. He was out of town, and couldn't be reached for comment.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.